Human Neuroscience BSc (Hons)

We are at the beginning of what has been called ‘The New Century of the Brain’. New technologies and new understanding of biology and behaviour are driving development in this vibrant and expanding field.

This honours degree course introduces students to the emerging discipline of neuroscience. It is taught by international experts in neuroscience research and gives students broad coverage from molecules to behaviour.

There is special emphasis on human aspects of the field: cognitive neuroscience, diseases and disorders of the nervous system and clinical and psychological topics.

Graduates will be prepared for further advanced studies in neuroscience or careers in industry or healthcare settings.

Modules are studied within the School of Psychology, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, the School of Biosciences, the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Philosophy and the School of Computer Science.

This is a specialised degree course for highly qualified students that will provide instruction in cutting-edge neuroscience.


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Understanding the brain is a critical scientific challenge that brings together biology, medicine and psychology.

The field is rapidly expanding under the influence of new technologies and collaboration across traditional disciplines. It addresses a number of social challenges including brain disease, mental health problems and maintaining health in an aging population.

This degree course has a human focus but a broad multidisciplinary scope, with modules drawn from Biosciences, Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, Computer Science, Psychology, Philosophy and Medicine.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct an advanced research project in laboratories involved in cutting-edge research.

Our research laboratories include facilities for the latest techniques, including:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Electroencephalography
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Transcranial direct-current stimulation

We also have behavioural laboratories devoted to:

  • Attention
  • Language
  • Emotion
  • Memory
  • Motor control
  • Eye-tracking

Year abroad option
As a current student you will have the opportunity to take a year abroad in between your second and third years, in a location such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong or Singapore. If you take this option you will receive a BSc with Year Abroad. During your year abroad, fees will be 15% of the regular annual fee. You will not pay any additional fees to your host university overseas. See our current partner universities


Year 1

Compulsory modules:

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

Optional - example optional modules may include:

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

Optional - example optional modules may include:


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Standard Home/EU student fees 2019-20

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Standard international student fees 2019-20

International fee
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 3a (Laboratory) £21,180

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Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
Typical offer:
Required subjects and grades:
A level Biology/Human Biology

Specified subjects excluded for entry: We do not accept General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, Applied Science, Communication and Culture, Critical Studies, Global Perspectives, Science in Society, Use of Maths and World Development

Resits: Resits will be considered at the standard offer of AAA to include Human Biology

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

Additional information:

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma not accepted

Deferring admission and gap years: Deferring admission is usually not a problem but please inform the School or central Admissions. The university has a neutral attitude to gap years. You can still apply in advance for deferred entry and would be advised to do so.

Entry year: We will only consider first year entry onto the BSc in Neuroscience, and not second or third year entry.

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6, 6, 6 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall. Higher level subjects need to include the required subjects as defined for the A-level qualification, where applicable.

Standard English language requirements apply.

Learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

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Throughout your Human Neuroscience degree you can expect an average of around 12 contact hours per week.  Approximately half of the time is in lectures and the other half in other activities such as tutorials, seminars, workshops or labs.  The exact number will vary according to your module choices as you will choose from the different schools that contribute to the programme and the hours also vary according to year.

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings across the University, including:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Biosciences
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Computer Science

The course is taught through a timetable of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. You will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. You can find out more about the members of staff in the School of Psychology where you can read about their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest.

You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham. We also have dedicated welfare tutors who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond.

During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University.  You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support. 

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts.

We advocate an enquiry-based learning approach. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Our Academic Skills Centre will also develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. The centre aims to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of high-quality learning support services.

These range from drop-in sessions provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Assessment varies by module, but in addition to your third year research project (dissertation), you can expect to complete:

  • Essays
  • Lab reports
  • Abstracts
  • Grant proposals
  • Oral presentations
  • Short answer questions
  • Multiple choice examinations

During your first year you will undergo a formal transition review to see how you are progressing. This is in addition to your personal tutor, who can help with academic issues.

At the beginning of each module you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular programme of study.

You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks so you can learn from and build on what you have done.

This is a new degree course, so no employability statistics are available. However, Psychology, as a related degree, can give some indication of employment prospects.

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our graduates are well respected and are successful in finding careers both in professional or academic psychology and, more generally, in the professional, commercial and industrial world.

Psychology graduates are qualified to take up a wide range of careers, and many continue in psychology. Our Single Honours graduates are eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society and Graduate Basis for Registration of the BPS, which is the first step towards postgraduate training and careers in clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology. Others work for higher degrees or join a team as research assistants. Yet others may become teachers of psychology in schools, sixth form colleges or colleges of further education.

96.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating - 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Psychology is a broad discipline and our programme offers a range of transferable analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. As a Psychology graduate you may enter a career in which your knowledge of psychology is a useful foundation, including but not limited to: broadcasting, journalism, human resource management, marketing, social work, the Probation Service and the Civil Service. Other past graduates have also gone on to jobs in industry and commerce, computing, the police and local government

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internshipsand placements available to you.  Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA)recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Find out more about career opportunities in Psychology

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